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Tom Baker

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, from "The Masque of Mandragora"
Birth name Thomas Stewart Baker
Born January 20, 1934 (1934-01-20) (age 73)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Official site The Official Tom Baker Website
Notable roles The Fourth Doctor
in Doctor Who
Narrator
in Little Britain

Thomas Stewart Baker (born January 20, 1934) is an English actor. He is best known for playing the fourth incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction television series Doctor Who, a role he played from 1974 to 1981, and for being the narrator of the comedy series Little Britain. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... The Fourth Doctor is the name given to the fourth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... The Masque of Mandragora is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in 4 weekly parts from September 4 to September 25, 1976. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Liverpool skyline. ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2006 estimate... The Fourth Doctor is the name given to the fourth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, (and a 1996 television movie). ... The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ... Little Britain is a character-based BBC radio and television sketch show written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. ... Thomas Baker or Tom Baker is a name shared by several notable persons: British people Thomas Baker (antiquarian) (1656–1746), English antiquarian Thomas Baker (attorney) (c. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2006 estimate... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The Fourth Doctor is the name given to the fourth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, (and a 1996 television movie). ... Little Britain is a character-based BBC radio and television sketch show written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. ...

Contents

Biography

Childhood

Baker was born in Liverpool. His father, John Stewart Baker, was a Jewish sailor who was rarely at home[1], resulting in Baker's being raised largely by his Irish mother, Mary Jane (née Fleming), in her Catholic faith. He left school at 15 to become a novice monk and remained in the monastic life for six years, but left after losing his faith and went into the Royal Army Medical Corps. At the same time he took up acting, at first as a hobby. Liverpool skyline. ... The French word née (feminine) or né (masculine) (or the English word nee) is still commonly used in some newspapers when mentioning the maiden name of a woman in engagement or wedding announcements. ... St. ... The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. ...


Personal life

Baker's first marriage in 1961 was to Anna Wheatcroft (niece of the rose grower Harry Wheatcroft), with whom he had two sons, Daniel and Piers. The couple divorced in 1966. In 1981 he married Lalla Ward who had co-starred in Doctor Who (playing his companion Romana) with him for two years. However, the marriage lasted only sixteen months. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Species Between 100 and 150, see list Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Rosa A rose is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. ... Harry Wheatcroft (1898 - 1977) was a famous rose grower. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lalla Ward (born Sarah Ward, June 28, 1951) is an English actress and illustrator best known for playing the part of Romana in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Romana, short for Romanadvoratrelundar, is a fictional character in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...


In 1986, Baker married Sue Jerrard, who had been an assistant editor on Doctor Who. They moved to a converted school in Maidstone, Kent where they kept many cats, before emigrating to France in 2002. They sold the converted school to Vic Reeves, with whom Baker had worked on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He is still a regular sight in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, halfway (30 miles) between the City of London and the English Channel. ... coat of Arms of Kent For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... James Jim Roderick Moir, more commonly known by the pseudonym Vic Reeves, (born January 24, 1959) is an English comedian, best known through his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). ... Remake, series 2 DVD (VVL, 2002) In 2000 - 2001 the original 1960s television series, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was remade by Working Title Films for the BBC starring Vic Reeves as Hopkirk (once again in a white suit) and Bob Mortimer as Randall, with Emilia Fox as Jeannie. ... Royal Tunbridge Wells (often called simply Tunbridge Wells) is a Wealden town in west Kent in England, just north of the border with East Sussex. ... coat of Arms of Kent For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ...


Career

In 1971, Baker got his first big break with the role of Rasputin in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. He also appeared in Pier Paolo Pasolini's version of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury), released in 1972, as a younger husband of the Wife of Bath. Grigori Rasputin Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: ) (22 January [O.S. 10 January] 1869 – 29 December [O.S. 16 December] 1916) was a Russian mystic with an influence in the later days of Russias Romanov dynasty. ... Nicholas and Alexandra, ... is a 1971 biographical film which tells the story of the last of Russias monarchs, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra. ... Pier Paolo Pasolini (March 5, 1922 - November 2, 1975) was an Italian poet, intellectual, film director, and writer. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... I racconti di Canterbury is a 1972 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and is based on the novel The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The opening page of The Wife of Baths Tale from the Ellesmere manuscript of The Canterbury Tales, circa 1405-1410. ...


Doctor Who (1974–1981)

In 1974, Baker took on the role of the Doctor from Jon Pertwee. He was cast largely because of his performance in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Baker was working on a construction site at the time, as acting jobs were scarce. Initially he was dubbed "Boiler Suit Tom" by the media, as he had been supplied for a press conference with some old studio set clothes to replace his modest garments. John Devon Roland Pertwee (7 July 1919 – 20 May 1996), better known as Jon Pertwee, was an English actor. ... The Golden Voyage of Sinbad made in 1974 and starring John Phillip Law as sinbad. ... The word overall is also an adjective meaning above everything. Overalls are usually used as protective clothing when working, but they have sometimes been items of fashion. ...


He quickly made the part his own. As the Doctor, his eccentric style of dress and speech — particularly his trademark long scarf and fondness for jelly babies — made him an immediately recognisable figure, and he quickly caught the viewing public's imagination. Baker played the Doctor for seven consecutive seasons over a seven-year period, making him the longest-serving actor in the part on-screen. Baker himself suggested many aspects of the Fourth Doctor's personality. The distinctive scarf came about by accident: James Acheson, the costume designer, had provided far more wool than was necessary to the knitter, Begonia Pope, and Ms. Pope knitted all the wool she was given; it was Baker who suggested that he wear the resulting — ridiculously overlong — scarf.[2] A scarf is a piece of fabric worn on or near the head or around the neck for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. ... Jelly babies are a type of confectionery that look like little babies in a variety of colours. ... Most notably, James Acheson was the second actor to portray Jack Deveraux on NBC soap Days Of Our Lives after Joseph Adams originated the role. ...


The incarnation played by Baker is often regarded as the most popular of the Doctors. In polls conducted by Doctor Who Magazine, Baker has lost the "Best Doctor" category only twice: once to Sylvester McCoy in 1990, and once to David Tennant in 2006.[3] Doctor Who Magazine (abbreviated as DWM) is a magazine devoted to the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Sylvester McCoy (born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith August 20, 1943) is a Scottish actor. ... David Tennant is the stage name of David John McDonald (born 18 April 1971), a Scottish actor from Bathgate in West Lothian, best known as the tenth actor to portray the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who. ...


Baker's sense of humour is like that of the character he played. When asked how he felt about having a star named after him, Baker quipped, "I'm over the moon!"


He continues to be associated with the Doctor, appearing on documentaries such as The Story of Doctor Who and Doctor Who Confidential and giving interviews about his time on the programme. Although he reappeared as the Doctor for the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time and the PC game Destiny of the Doctors, he has, to date, declined to follow his successors and reprise the role for any of the audio dramas based upon the series. The Doctor Who Confidential logo Doctor Who Confidential is a documentary series created by the British Broadcasting Corporation to complement the revival of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Dimensions in Time was a charity special crossover between the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and the soap opera EastEnders that ran in two parts on November 26 and 27, 1993. ... Cover of Destiny of the Doctors Destiny of the Doctors is a PC computer game based on the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who; released on 5 December 1997 by BBC Multimedia. ... A number of audio productions based upon Doctor Who have been produced over the years. ...


In a 2004 interview regarding the series' revival, Baker suggested that he be cast as the Master.[4] In a 2006 interview with The Sun newspaper, he claims that he has not watched any episodes of the new series because he "just can't be bothered" [5]. In June 2006, Baker once again expressed interest in the role in a guest column for Radio Times, noting that he "did watch a little bit of the new Doctor Who and I think the new fella, Tennant, is excellent." The Master is a supporting character in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... This article is about a British tabloid. ... Current Radio Times logo Radio Times is the BBCs weekly television and radio programme listings magazine. ... David Tennant is the stage name of David John McDonald (born 18 April 1971), a Scottish actor from Bathgate in West Lothian, best known as the tenth actor to portray the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who. ...


Little Britain

In 2001 Baker was cast as the narrator of Little Britain on BBC Radio 4, and remained in the role when it transferred to television. His eccentric voice-overs include such comments as "The Conservative Party is my favourite political party, after Labour and the Lib Dems", and "If you want to buy a pet, you go to a pet shop. If you want to buy a pet shop, you go to a pet shop shop. If you want to buy a pet shop shop, that'd just be silly." During the end credits sequence of one programme, Baker suggested that Queen Elizabeth should "pop one out" during her next address of Parliament. Another trademark of Little Britain's narration is the deadpan quotation of old rap lyrics, usually in the opening credit sequence. Songs like Salt n Pepa's "Push It" and House of Pain's "Jump Around" have so far received the Tom Baker treatment. Little Britain is a character-based BBC radio and television sketch show written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and is the second oldest extant political party in the world. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in England, Scotland and Wales. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Salt-N-Pepa is an American hip hop trio that came onto the music scene in 1986, and went on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide. ... For other uses, see House of Pain (disambiguation). ...


On 17 November 2005, to mark the start of Series 3 of Little Britain, Baker read the continuity announcements on BBC One from 1900 to 2130 UTC. The scripts were written by the same writers as Little Britain (David Walliams and Matt Lucas) and Baker assumed his Little Britain persona. He used lines such as "Hello, tellyviewers. You're watching the BBC One!" and "In half an hour, Jenny Dickens's classic serial Bleak House. But first let's see what the poor people are up to in the first of two visits this evening to the EastEnders." Continuity is a term used in broadcasting, especially in the United Kingdom, to refer to announcements, messages and graphics played by the broadcaster between specific programmes. ... BBC One (styled BBC1 until 1997) is the most watched domestic television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... ... David Walliams, (born David Williams) August 20, 1971 in Surrey, is an English comedy actor, best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas in the sketch show Little Britain. ... Matthew Richard Lucas (born March 5, 1974) is an English comedy actor. ... Bleak House is a fifteen-part BBC television drama serial adaptation of Charles Dickens novel Bleak House, which was originally published in 1852–53. ... EastEnders is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985[3] and continuing to date. ...


Television

In the 1980s, Baker played several character parts on television, including Captain Redbeard Rum in the Blackadder II episode "Potato", Sherlock Holmes in the 1982 BBC version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Father Ferguson in the 1986 BBC adaptation of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, and Puddleglum in the BBC's production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Blackadder II was the second series of the BBC situation comedy Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 9 January 1986 to 20 February 1986. ... Potato is the third episode of the BBC sitcom Blackadder II, the second Season of Blackadder, which was set in Elizabethan England from 1558 to 1603. ... A portrait of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, 1891 Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. ... The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, originally serialised in the Strand Magazine in 1901 and 1902, which is set largely on Dartmoor 1889. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion (US$7. ... The Life and Loves of a She-Devil is a 1983 novel by British feminist author Fay Weldon about a woman who, when she finds out she is being betrayed by her husband, goes to great lengths to take revenge on him and his lover. ... Puddleglum is a Marshwiggle in C. S. Lewiss novel The Silver Chair, part of The Chronicles of Narnia. ... The BBC produced a television adaptation of four books of C. S. Lewiss The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1988), Prince Caspian (1989), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989) and The Silver Chair (1990). ... The Silver Chair is part of The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels written by C.S. Lewis. ...


In 1984, he made a rare American television appearance when he played Interpol agent Anatole Blaylock in an episode of the series Remington Steele, which starred future James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Remington Steele was an American television series first broadcast on the NBC network from 1982 to 1987. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE[1] (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor and producer who now holds American citizenship and is best known for portraying James Bond in four films: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). ...


In the 1990s, Baker starred as the Software Agent in Douglas Adams's futurology documentary Hyperland; played Professor Geoffrey Hoyt in Medics; and had a recurring role in the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer revival of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) as Wyvern, Hopkirk's mentor. Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... Futurology or futures studies (called futurism in the United States) is the study of the medium to long-term future, by extrapolating present technological, economic or social trends, or by attempting to predict future trends. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: ASCII art isnt encyclopedic and doesnt render well in WikiMarkup If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... James Jim Roderick Moir, more commonly known by the pseudonym Vic Reeves, (born January 24, 1959) is an English comedian, best known through his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). ... Robert Bob Renwick Mortimer (born May 23, 1959 in Middlesbrough, England), is an English comedian and actor who is best known for his double act with Vic Reeves (see Vic and Bob). ... Remake, series 2 DVD (VVL, 2002) In 2000 - 2001 the original 1960s television series, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) was remade by Working Title Films for the BBC starring Vic Reeves as Hopkirk (once again in a white suit) and Bob Mortimer as Randall, with Emilia Fox as Jeannie. ...


In 2004 and 2005, Baker appeared in the sixth and seventh series of the BBC drama Monarch of the Glen. He plays Donald McDonald, an eccentric former race car champion who, having been away since early childhood, returns home after hearing of the death of his brother Hector (who was played by Richard Briers until his departure). Monarch of the Glen was a television drama, produced by Ecosse Films for BBC Scotland and originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. ... Richard Briers, CBE (born on January 14, 1934) is a popular English actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio. ...


Baker played the role of the Captain in the Challenge TV version of Fort Boyard, and has also hosted the children's literature show The Book Tower. Challenge is a British digital TV channel owned by Flextech. ... Fort Boyard, as seen from the sea. ...


Film

Baker appeared as Halvarth the Elven healer in the 2000 film Dungeons & Dragons. Promotional poster for Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons is a 2000 live-action movie based on the role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). ...


Voice acting

Baker has appeared in various radio productions, including a role as "Britain's most celebrated criminal barrister", Sir Edward Marshall-Hall in John Mortimer Presents the Trials of Marshall Hall (1996), and a part in the 2001 BBC Radio 4 version of The Thirty-nine Steps as Sir Walter Bullivant. He guest starred in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (a pastiche series written by Bert Coules) in the 2002 episode "The Saviour of Cripplegate Square". Sir Edward Marshall-Hall (Brighton, 1858-1927) was an English barrister who had a formidable reputation as an orator. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... The Thirty-nine Steps is an adventure novel by the Scottish author John Buchan, first published in 1915 by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. ... The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was a series of radio dramas based on Arthur Conan Doyles detective Sherlock Holmes. ... Bert Coules is a radio writer, mainly for the BBC, who has produced many adaptations and original works, most notably the Sherlock Holmes radio series starring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams/Andrew Sachs as Watson. ...


More recently, he voiced the role of the villain Zeebad in the 2005 computer-animated film version of The Magic Roundabout. The Magic Roundabout (released in North America as Doogal) is a film based on the television series of the same name. ...


He is also the narrator of the new children's computer animation series The Beeps which is shown on Five's Milkshake!. The Beeps is a CGI animated pre-school childrens television series, produced by Impossible Television for Five. ... Five, launched in 1997, is the fifth and final national terrestrial analogue television channel to launch in the United Kingdom. ... Milkshake! is a television programming block on Five, which debuted in 1997, and it is shown on weekdays and Sundays from 6a. ...


Videogames

Tom has also returned to star as the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who Destiny of the Doctors in 1997 and also in Little Britain: The Video Game as the narrator in 2007. The Fourth Doctor is the name given to the fourth incarnation of the Doctor seen on screen in the long-running BBC television science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... Cover of Destiny of the Doctors Destiny of the Doctors is a PC computer game based on the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who; released on 5 December 1997 by BBC Multimedia. ...


Narration

Baker is a prolific and highly recognisable voiceover artist. In a 2005 survey of British adults, Baker's voice was voted the fourth most recognizable, after The Queen, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher[citation needed]. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC (born October 13, 1925), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in office from 1979 to 1990. ...


In 1992 and 1993 Baker narrated BBC radio comedy series Lionel Nimrod's Inexplicable World. A BBC Radio comedy series starring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring, and narrated by Tom Baker as the titular character, Lionel Nimrod, a comically exaggerated version of Baker himself. ...


In 1994 Tom Baker provided the narration for Channel 4's Equinox rave documentary Rave New World[1]. It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Equinox is a long-running Channel4 popular science and documentary programme. ... Look up rave in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In 2002 he also had a speaking role in the critically-acclaimed but commercial flop Hostile Waters as the Narrator. Hostile Waters is the title of a book, a movie, and a game. ...


Baker has also worked on a number of video games, including Kult: Heretic Kingdoms (also known as Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition), Cold Winter (2005), Medievil: Resurrection (2005), Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior (2003), Perfect Dark (2000) and Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future (2000). He also voiced both the narrator and god Tetsu in the role-playing game Sudeki, but was uncredited.[6] Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Cold Winter is a first-person shooter (FPS) video game developed by Swordfish Studios and published by Vivendi Universal Games. ... Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior is the name of a Warhammer 40,000 computer game available for the PlayStation 2 and PC. The game is a first person shooter, where the player takes the role of a Tau Fire Warrior, Kais, defending his race against the aggressive Human Empire. ... Perfect Dark is a 2000 first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64 game console. ... Screenshot of Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Megadrive and Sega Genesis. ... Sudeki is an action role-playing game which was first released on the Xbox exclusively and ported later for Microsoft Windows. ...


During the first three months of 2006, his voice was used by BT for spoken delivery of text messages to landline phones. He recorded 11,593 phrases, containing every sound in the English language, for use by the text-to-speech service.[7] A number of messages sent using this service can be heard at "The Doctor Says". The BT text message service returned from 1st December 2006 to 8th January 2007, with 2p from each text going to the charity Shelter. In addition, a single 'sung' by Tom Baker's text voice - "You Really Got Me", originally by The Kinks - was released on 18th December 2006 with BT's proceeds going to the charity. The creator of the song was Mark Murphy, designer of the site "Tom Baker Says..." [8] BT Group plc (formerly British Telecommunications plc) which trades as BT (also previously as British Telecom and is still commonly known as such amongst the general public) is the privatised UK state telecommunications operator. ... “SMS” redirects here. ... Shelter, National Campaign for Homeless People Limited (working as Shelter) is a UK charity registered in England that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing. ... You Really Got Me is a rock song written by Ray Davies and performed by his band, The Kinks. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies and his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist, Dave Davies. ...


Baker has also recorded voiceovers for Virgin Radio. Virgin Radio, originally known as Virgin 1215, is a British commercial music radio station based in London which plays popular music and rock. ...


Baker has made three other brief forays into the world of music: he provides the monologue to the track "Witness to a Murder (Part Two)" on the album Six by Mansun; he appears on Technocat's single "Only Human" in 1995; and he appears in the promotional video for Boney M's hit "Rasputin", having played that role in the film Nicholas and Alexandra. Six (released July 1998 - see 1998 in music) was the second album of British indie rock group Mansun. ... Mansun were a rock music band formed in Chester in 1995 by vocalist/rhythm guitarist Paul Draper, lead guitarist/back vocalist Dominic Chad, and bassist Stove King, with drummer Andie Rathbone, and disbanded in May, 2003. ... Boney M was a Eurodance, pop, and disco group, comprising four West Indian singers and dancers and masterminded by West German record producer Frank Farian, and who were successful during the 1970s. ... Rasputin is a disco song written by Frank Farian and performed by the disco group Boney M. It was first published on Boney Ms 1978 album Nightflight to Venus. ...


He even provides narrative at two British tourist attractions: the Nemesis roller coaster at Alton Towers, Staffordshire; and the London Dungeon, a museum depicting gory and macabre events in the capital. Nemesis is a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster opened in 1994 at Alton Towers in Forbidden Valley. ... Alton Towers is the United Kingdoms most famous theme park. ... Front entrance of the London Dungeon. ...


Writings

Baker's autobiography, Who on Earth is Tom Baker? (ISBN 0-00-638854-X), was published in 1997. He has also written a short fairytale-style novel titled The Boy Who Kicked Pigs (ISBN 0-571-19771-X), which is subtitled "A Grotesque Masterpiece". Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... The Boy Who Kicked Pigs is a short novel by Tom Baker, best known for his role in BBC sci-fi series, Doctor Who. ...


Trivia

  • Several reference books published in the late 1980s erroneously reported that Baker died of a drug overdose in 1982. The confusion arose from the death of an American actor named Tom Baker, who did indeed die of a drug overdose that year. Baker does have a reputation, acknowledged in his autobiography, of being a heavy drinker, and sometimes makes humorous references to it. For example, in response to the numerous enquiries he gets about his time as the Doctor he often replies, "You will have to excuse me but I was drunk at the time."
  • Human League released a tribute song to the actor entitled "Tom Baker", as B-side to their "Boys and Girls" single. The song was re-released on some CD versions of their Travelogue album.
  • In a poll published by BBC Homes and Antiques magazine in January 2006, Baker was voted the fourth most eccentric star. He was beaten by Björk, Chris Eubank and David Icke. [9]
  • In the late 1990s, it was reported that Baker was a candidate for the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films.[10]. Baker has since stated that he was only approached for "a role" in the film, and when told that it would mean spending months away in New Zealand, he turned down the offer.
  • His distinctive voice has become a gift for impressionists such as Jon Culshaw and John Guilor. Culshaw regularly impersonates Baker in the comedy series Dead Ringers: in one episode, he makes a prank call to Baker in character as the Doctor, which prompts the memorable reaction from the real Baker: "No, no there must be a mistake, I'm the Doctor." Similarly, when Culshaw called another Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, in character, he got the response: "Tom? Is that you? Are you drunk?"

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References

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NAME Tom Baker
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DATE OF BIRTH January 20, 1934
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